Because we have been informed that a strike is going to occur on Monday(common in these areas) of where we were to visit the next couple days, our schedule has been wonderfully rearranged by Augusto (vp of Happy Tours, and by now our friend). Instead of today only being a tour of towns surrounding Lake Titicaca, we were fortunately informed of the impending shutdown, so turned around midday. We were able to tour the Uros Islands (made out of reeds, everyone will be sure to hear more about this incredible experience later from others)!
Tomorrow we will tour the Sillustani burial towers in the morning, and then board a bus to Arequipa in the afternoon. It will take a little longer than the previously scheduled flight we had for Tuesday, but will be a fascinating look at how the terrain changes as we descend from Puno’s very high altititude to Arequipa’s more manageable climate. We will be staying at the same wonderful hotel in Arequipa — for two nights instead of one. Since we were not going to be able to do much in Puno and Arequipa is so beautiful, this is a lucky turn of events.
Muchos gracias Augusto, and also to Happy Tours personnel!!!